Choosing our Venue

One of the first things we checked off the wedding “to do” list was the venue. As you can imagine, a venue sets the tone for the whole wedding – whether you’re going for a glamourous black tie affair, nautical vibes by the water, or my vision – an elegant and upscale farm/barn atmosphere.

Since it was pretty clear we (read: I) knew where we wanted to get married,  we called The Barn at Gibbet Hill the first chance we could after getting engaged. Within minutes we had set the date (they only had a few left for 2017!) and we were off to the races.

A few of the ‘must-haves’ for us when it came to picking a venue (and Gibbet checked all the boxes) included:

  • Great food
  • Ceremony/reception space all in one venue
  • Space to hold approx. 180 people
  • Location – we wanted to be driveable from Boston

Below are some of the photos and inspiration I’d pinned of Gibbet over the years when I envisioned our barn wedding. Fingers crossed we’ll have some of the black angus cows roaming in the background during our ceremony on the lawn. Follow along #lovingyoumorrison on Instagram for other details as we plan our dream wedding!

You will also find links to a few similar venues in New England, for those on the hunt!

Barn at Gibbet Hill; Massachusetts wedding venue, Farm to Fork; Groton, MA #newenglandwedding #farmwedding #barnwedding Photography by Kate Preftakes:

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Gibbet Hill Barn Wedding - Deborah Zoe Photography Blog | The Barn at Gibbet Hill | Groton, MA #farmtofork #rusticwedding #barnwedding #newenglandwedding #grotonma #barnatgibbethill:

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Our Engagement Story

Since much of my time over the next six months will be focused on prepping for our big day, I thought it was fitting to start with where it all began – our engagement! Recently, I had Christopher write his side for our wedding website, so I thought I’d share it here – with some photos from the day – enjoy!

The Bride’s Side: After Christopher left for a weekend at Foxwoods, I headed to Groton to meet one of my best friends Kristen to get our nails done, shop and have lunch. Kristen also wanted help with a gift for her sister’s nursery – she was about to be an aunt! Since her sister and brother-in-law were married at The Barn at Gibbet Hill and planning a princess-themed nursery (or so I was told), she wanted to frame a picture of a castle.. and what better than the one at the top of Gibbet Hill?

After getting the hint from her mom to head up there – it was the perfect, sunny day – we picked up a camera from her parents’ house and made the trek to the top. Rounding the corner to get a better view, Kristen goes “look, there are flowers!” Seeing rose petals on the ground, I gasped and said, “Kristen, it looks like someone is getting engaged.. we shouldn’t be up here!” As I turned away, I saw him standing there, the shock hit me and the happy tears began.

The Groom’s Version: Heading to the castle for a trial run the day before, I remember thinking there was no way Katie would ever believe that I was taking a random trip to the casino and that she had to hike up a hill to take pictures for a nursery the following day. That was before I knew I was dealing with the ‘Queen of Lies’ (Kristen) and the most gullible bride to be…

Ever since I met Katie, she has been very special to me and I needed to find a way to show her that. Plus, I’m pretty sure she thought on countless other occasions that “maybe this is the night?” Gibbet Hill certainly made this special for Katie as she had grown up down the street day-dreaming of her very own castle-themed wedding.

As I climbed the hill on the big day, I was nervous and other hikers and teenagers didn’t help (guys, give me like 10 minutes please?!). After what felt like forever and a few shots of fireball later, Katie finally came walking up, camera in hand, not having a clue what was coming next. When she spotted the flowers and then where I was hiding, words can’t describe what I felt as she walked slowly towards me.

The surprises didn’t stop there – our families were waiting at the bottom of hill with champagne to toast. And as if that wasn’t enough, our closest friends surprised Katie at her parents’ house – officially making it the best day ever.

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We’re so excited to be having our wedding ceremony and reception at The Barn at Gibbet Hill this June. I’ll be posting more about wedding planning, but in the meantime you can follow along on Instagram with #lovingyoumorrison!

 

Here goes nothing…

I can’t possibly think of anything more cliché than telling yourself at the start of a new year to take up a new hobby… but, here we are.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve never set (or kept) a solid New Year’s resolution. I despise the gym (or any form of exercising, for that matter), my favorite foods consist of donuts, french fries and cheese (and I don’t plan to ever give them up), and my sense of finance and savings is nothing short of being called a disaster.

I purchased this blog domain almost a year ago, but it’s since gone untouched. So you might ask, why now?

Well, simply put, 2017 is going to be the best year of my life.

I want nothing more than for time to tick over the next few months as slowly as possible. I want to take more photos and savor every second as I make some of my favorite memories. If this little blog becomes nothing more than a personal journal and photo log – then to me, it’s a success.

But if someday, somewhere, someone is following along as I fumble my way through getting married and making our house a home, I’m 1) sorry and 2) so thankful.

Here goes nothing…